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Woman swerves to avoid collision, dies in rollover crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto

Original post made on Apr 21, 2020

A woman who suddenly veered her car away from an oncoming collision on U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto on Monday afternoon was ejected from her vehicle that rolled over and died at the scene, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 11:06 AM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 21, 2020 at 11:15 am

Very sad that her daughter had to witness that.
"the woman did not have her seatbelt on at the time and was driving more than 65 mph"

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Posted by Golden Catamount
a resident of Gemello
on Apr 21, 2020 at 3:56 pm

It is EXTREMELY important to pull over as far as possible in the emergency lanes if you are in an accident that is not severe! Every single time I see an accident that is nothing more than a fender bender, the people involved keep there cars blocking traffic and then proceed to get out of their cars! Big NO NO. Safely pull your car over to prevent killing other innocent people who may not have enough time to stop before hitting your car.

This is an incredibly sad and unfortunate situation that could have been avoided. Never ever block traffic lanes if you can safely move your car out of the way.

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Posted by Seriously
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Apr 21, 2020 at 4:28 pm

@ Golden Catamount: We don't know if the car(s) involved in the first accident were movable. Don't judge before you know all of the facts.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 21, 2020 at 5:33 pm

True we don't have the whole story. But if the woman was not wearing a seatbelt but her daughter was in a belt, quite a difference: Wear your seatbelt.

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Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 21, 2020 at 11:04 pm

Government really needs to stop subsidizing manufacture of Sport/Utility Vehicles. This kind of problem would not happen in a regular automobile.

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Posted by mikepat
a resident of Monta Loma
on Apr 22, 2020 at 9:23 am

SUV's are more susceptible to this type of rollover than a sedan. A consumer publication ran several stories a while back, and they recommended keeping the tires at proper inflation, also replace worn out tires.

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Posted by Kevin johnson
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 22, 2020 at 1:08 pm

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 22, 2020 at 9:29 pm

We don't have the whole story but can propose some lessons to be learned. Chevy Tahoe is not a sports car. It is a sports utility vehicle (SUV) prone to rolling over. One poster argues that government should not encourage the production of such vehicles. Fair point. Another lesson here is that not wearing a seatbelt may get you killed or crippled in an accident. The driver died. Her daughter lived with "minor injuries." Another lesson for drivers is to move fully out of the roadway after an accident, if possible. It seems the driver in this instance panicked in response to one or more vehicles stopped partly in the roadway ahead. If they were fully on the shoulder, the occupants should have gotten out of the vehicle and out of the way just in case one of the hundreds of oncoming drivers might panic just seeing vehicles on the shoulder. Speeding? Over 65. Well, the faster you drive, the greater the risk of harm. Slow down. Always? No. If you see an incoming nuclear missile from North Korea, speed up if you like. Couldn't hurt. Won't help.

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